ATLANTA–Attendees at AmericasMart’s Atlanta International Area Rug Market next week will see both new and expanded showrooms, updated buyer amenities and design-driven educational programming.
The strategic integration of the Home and Rug collections in AmericasMart Building 1 continues on Floors 3 through 6. On Floor 3, Oriental rug resource Neman International will have a new showroom, Pasargad Carpets will have an expanded space and Kaleen will debut its larger and renovated showroom in 3-C-9.
In addition, Rizzy Home has returned to AmericasMart and will debut its new showroom on Floor 6. Located in a 2,000-square-foot showroom, 6-G-2, Rizzy will showcase introductions and best sellers along with pillow coordinates and additional textiles. Also on that floor will be Couristan’s expanded showroom.
AmericasMart will also debut the new Market Club on Floor 6. Buying companies that attend five markets over a five-year period are extended membership in the lounge, where they can enjoy complimentary refreshments, internet connectivity and other business services. Designed by Atlanta-based interior designer Kerry Howard, the new Market Club features furniture and accessories sourced from throughout AmericasMart. It will be open during January and July markets.
“It is a very exciting time on the Home and Rug floors,” said Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing for Home and Rug. “Exhibitors across the collection are showcasing their passion for their companies through continuous investments in their spaces and product. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming AmericasMart’s premier buyers to the floors.”
Educational programming for this market includes designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s seminar “What Is That Designer Doing With That Rug?” about innovative, outside-of-the-box ways to use rugs. AmericasMart will again offer exclusive programming in partnership with the Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA). Rug expert Phil Menedian, director of education for ORRA Programming, will moderate a discussion of numerous pieces in “Knot to be Missed,” review current appraisal techniques in “Enhancing Your Rug Appraising,” and lead a tour of AmericasMart’s four-floor rug marketplace in “Walking the Marketplace.”
Rug buyers also have the opportunity to sit for the CRA Examination, moderated by Menendian and ORRA Education Committee members. The exam will be in two parts: written and identification. Examinees will be tested on historical and technical knowledge of hand-knotted rugs as well as proper identification of 35 Oriental rugs by sight.